Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes Spinal Decompression Therapy so Effective?
Doctor skill combined with the table and computerized traction head are the keys.
Proper assessment, correct positioning and the use of preprogrammed patterns of distraction and relaxation may reduce disc pressure allowing necessary nutrients to enliven and accelerate disc healing.
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or even failed surgery.
What type of decompression system is used and is the doctor certified in spinal decompression therapy?
After a significant amount of research, our office chose what we believe to be the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, state-of-the-art decompression system in the world. We also selected this decompression system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.
In regard to clinical skills, Dr. Tripp Puhl completed the Kennedy Decompression Technique course work and passed the qualifying examination to achieve the status of “Certified Practitioner” in spinal decompression therapy.
Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Yes! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy.
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?
Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage.
Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.
What is the cost of the sessions?
The cost will be a small fraction of the $5,000+ amounts that some other doctors are charging.
If your insurance company covers spinal decompression therapy, reimbursement varies but your out-of-pocket expense for all needed services could be as little as your co-payment.
Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.
How do I get started?
We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just call our office at 210-828-2665 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Puhl.
Please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and best advise you about your treatment options.